Flexibility is now a currency more highly valued than salary, especially by younger workers. More than half of today’s employees will leave their jobs if they don’t get the flexibility and work-life balance they need to succeed in their roles.
As remote work became more popular, more employees realized they could fulfill their responsibilities for the company even if they weren’t in the office. Flexible working arrangements enable people to fit work and home life together and manage life’s transitions with the least amount of stress. This, in turn, increases employee engagement and well-being.
Attract top talent by providing a flexible working schedule
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s more important than ever for businesses to stay ahead of the competition by getting top talents. Unfortunately, organizations that fail to adopt a flexible workplace model face greater risks of losing their best employees due to unprecedented levels of burnout and stress.
Millennials and Gen Zs are more likely than previous generations to prioritize flexibility in their jobs, which means they’re less likely to stay at an organization that doesn’t offer them enough flexibility. These generations are making up an increasing percentage of the workforce—and they’re not going anywhere! But if you don’t provide them with flexible options, they’ll go somewhere else where they can get what they want.
Train supervisors on how to trust and delegate
Supervisors are often the gatekeepers of flexibility. They set the tone for how much trust or mistrust the rest of their team has in them. As a result, they should be trained in how to delegate effectively and how to work with employees who are working remotely. Supervisors should also be trained in how to manage their own stress levels so that they can help their employees manage theirs as well.
Trust is essential for any successful relationship, but nowhere is it more important than when it comes to flexible working arrangements. When managers show trust in their employees and delegate responsibilities accordingly, they create a sense of ownership among staff members that fosters loyalty and engagement.
Find new ways of collaborating and communicating
Collaboration is more than just getting people together in one place: it’s about finding new ways of working together and communicating that help your team feel supported and connected.
This means using tools like video conferencing, chat rooms, and other technologies to increase the ease with which people can communicate with each other. Create a space that encourages people to collaborate by removing barriers and making it easier for people in different locations or departments to meet.
Also, you can encourage feedback from employees about how your company practices are affecting them. You can also make sure that everyone feels like they have the support they need by encouraging transparency among managers and leaders at all levels of the organization, especially when it comes to making decisions about things like promotions or pay increases.
Invest in the right technology
A flexible workplace isn’t just about providing employees with opportunities to work remotely or from home—it also means making sure that everyone has access to the same resources, regardless of location. That means you’ll want to invest in the right tools.
Providing technology that is easy to use and allows visibility and engagement can help your employees feel more connected to each other and the company, which will encourage them to work harder and more efficiently.
Web conferencing, Cloud storage platforms, project management software, chat apps, and inter-office mail systems can help lessen the need for face-to-face meetings by allowing remote workers to participate in discussions without being physically present. They also help ensure that your employees have access to everything they need whenever they need it.
The future of work is here and it’s here to stay. If you create a flexible workplace culture, morale and productivity will grow and retention rates will skyrocket. Workplace flexibility is not just a nice thing to do; it’s a smart thing to do.
Find out more about how your organization can achieve the right level of flexibility and develop a culture that makes the hybrid model work for everyone by downloading our Flexibility Playbook for free.